AAFP Foundation

Tar Wars

If you could stop one child from smoking, would you do it? How about thousands of children? 

Family physicians have enthusiastically embraced Tar Wars for more than 20 years, and the tobacco prevention program continues to be rated highly by AAFP members in terms of awareness and value. By supporting the Tar Wars program, you can help discourage children from smoking at a young age. Tar Wars is supported by your AAFP Foundation and preparations are currently under way to celebrate Tar Wars 25th Anniversary in 2013. Learn about Tar Wars Mission and Goals

Your help is needed!

Donate to the Tar Wars program and be sure to designate Tar Wars. 
According to a recent report by the Surgeon General, everyday in the US, more than 3,800 people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette and more than 1,000 of them become daily smokers.


Presentation: Health care professionals and educators present the Tar Wars program to over 500,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students each year. The program teaches students in both the United States and the world how to think critically about tobacco advertising. The Tar Wars program guide has new supplemental classroom activities to further stimulate and elevate the student's creative experience and learning about peer pressure, the media, and emerging tobacco products. There is also a new initiative to increase Tar Wars reach to children in military communities.

Poster Contest: The contest reinforces the Tar Wars lesson and emphasizes the positive effects of being tobacco-free through original poster designs. The best design is selected from each state and winners are eligible to attend the annual Tar Wars National Conference held each summer in Washington, DC. The winner of the 2011 Poster Contest was Alana McGuinness from Rhode Island with her poster "Reflect A Positive Image."

Video Contest: In 2011, a new Tar Wars video contest was added. Congratulations to the 2011 Tar Wars video contest winner, Blaire McCarthy from St. Petersburg, Florida! Blaire's video, "Are You a Tar Performer or a Top Performer?" was featured at the 2011 Tar Wars National Conference in Washington, DC.

Learn more about the Tar Wars Program.

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Supporting your Foundation means you believe in the power of family medicine and in the importance of helping others.

"Your support of the AAFP Foundation has a tremendous effect…the Foundation funds Academy programs such as Tar Wars that directly impact kids and the public health.”
Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP

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